Report 29/1/15

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 29/1/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:36 pm

In the estuary, this latest fresh saw bream numbers pick up noticeably in the lower reaches, with both break walls producing some nice fish. Best results have been achieved on mullet strips and gut baits. A few mulloway have also been taken, although to date the fresh has not been anywhere near significant enough to really get the jew congregating in numbers. Lures and live mullet have both been successful. Further upstream, flathead numbers remain solid, with the area around Settlement Point and Pelican Island well worth a look. Blackfish should also be worth a look from the lower reaches either on black weed if the system remain brown, or cabbage as the cleaner water begins to push back in.

It will be interesting to what effect the rains have on the crustacean scene. Before the fresh, mud crabs were most active primarily from west of the highway, while the lower reaches were still producing a steady stream of blue swimmers. On the prawning front, after last moon being all but a waste of time, some are hopeful the increased water level in Lake Cathie will see them pop up again next month. At the time of writing, the level of lake has risen significantly, but is still well off reaching the trigger point for manual opening. However a few more showers like we experienced earlier in the week could quite quickly change that.

Off the beaches, north beach has been fishing quite well, with some nice whiting taken on the day time high tide, and school mulloway ranging from just undersize to around a metre after dark. Beach worms have been the morsel of choice for both species. A few bream have been taken from both north beach and Lighthouse, however look for their numbers to pick up noticeably if the estuaries really turn brown. No real news on the tailor front over the past week, but the odd salmon is still cruising the waves to provide ample entertainment.

Off the stones, tailor numbers have been a little better with the odd fish approaching greenback stage on offer. Blackfish too are well worth chasing by floating a bit of cabbage, with this method also likely to attract the attention of the occasional drummer. For land based game enthusiasts, the off coloured water will no doubt disappoint a few but once it clears, longtail tuna, cobia and even spanish mackerel should all be viable propositions if the currents remain favourable.

Offshore, last week saw the first real mackerel action of the season from Barries Bay, with quite a few fish between around 8 and 15 kilos taken, along with the odd cobia. Slow trolled live baits have again been the method of choice. Although the current fresh may temporarily send these sought after pelagics wide, the next couple of months should see plenty of action, and plenty of patronage, in the bay. Wider out, the currents have been strong more often than not making conditions awkward for those chasing reef species. The have however been a few snapper about off both Lighthouse and Plommer, whilst trag rock has also produced a few reasonable kingfish. Flathead numbers have also been solid, although catching a feed has been labour intensive given the current and subsequent amount of lead required to try and hold bottom.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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Re: Report 29/1/15

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